Who We Are


"Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems."
Walt Whitman

                      Song of Myself

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Art Finds Ways of Springing Forth. 

2020/21 Editors:


Senior Editor

Sophie Fyfe


Section Editors


Poetry and Prose 

Sophie Fyfe

Rena Shapiro

Sophia Dalton




Sophie Fyfe




John Andreoni

Max Peretson

Sophie Fyfe




Amanda Smuss



Bina  Joseph 

Hannah Cruz

Tim Klaum

Chelsea Perry

Paige MacPherson

Gianna Vozza



Xanadu as a Whole


  Over the last ten years, Xanadu has changed- a lot. Some of the changes have been due to technology and some due to artistic and philosophical ideologies. The magazine has changed in shape and size and content. The most recent of which has been our transition from magazine to website. Although we have been forced to relinquish the idea of a finished, bound, paper magazine, this website offers Xanadu freedoms it has never before possessed. Here Xanadu is free from the oppression of due dates, and the permanence of ink. This has allowed her to become an ever-evolving, yet always constant, being. 


  Xanadu is defined by the people who have edited her and have contributed to her content. The lady Xanadu never shares the same voice or personality as the year prior. Like so many organizations in our district, Xanadu lost its budget. That said, we have figured out clever ways of surviving. We are proud of this creature.


  You will find this website filled with the poets, prose writers, essayists, artisans, and photographers of Walt Whitman High School. The editors have meticulously arranged and selected the contributions. This is the production of a tireless and thoughtful collective. No one editor worked hours on grammar or design. This magazine is the result of patience and cooperative people who truly value creative expression. This magazine reflects not only a vibrant and thoughtful community but also a dedicated crew of insightful editors who care deeply about Walt Whitman’s insightful soul.



Top row: Sarah Cruz, Rena Shapiro, Sophie Dalton, Joseph Pipolo, Sophie Fyfe, Bina Joseph
Bottom Row: Caroline Schrama, Amanda Smuss, Paige MacPherson, Tim Klaum, Gianna Vozza
(Not sketched here, but a small part of our family: Hannah Cruz, Chelsea Perry, John Andreoni,
and Max Peretson.)
Image By Sophie Fyfe